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A European health passport planned for “end of June”

The European Commission is targeting the entry into force at the end of June of the health certificate intended to facilitate free movement in the EU with a view to the summer holidays, said the European commissioner in charge of the project on Tuesday.

The European Commission is targeting the entry into force at the end of June of the health certificate intended to facilitate free movement in the EU with a view to the summer holidays, said the European commissioner in charge of the project on Tuesday.

(ASdN) – Brussels is keeping its goal in mind: to save the tourist season this summer. And for this, the European Commission has its solution, namely the establishment of a European health certificate. A system that she hopes to put in place “from the end of June,” Commissioner Didier Reynders told MEPs on Tuesday.

Concretely, this will take the form of a document with a QR code that will attest to a negative PCR test, an anti-covid vaccination or an immunization following his infection. And will therefore allow travelers to avoid any restriction measures in force in the country of destination, such as screening or quarantine. A system already in place in certain countries of the European Union (EU) or the Schengen area, such as Estonia, Denmark or Iceland.

But if the countries of northern Europe have a head start, Brussels intends for its part to set a harmonized European framework. From the point of view of technical implementation, a pilot project should thus see the light of day “at the beginning of June”, specified the Belgian commissioner, responsible for free movement in the EU. Parliament is counting on the adoption of the draft regulation during its plenary session on 7-10 June, following negotiations with the Member States.

This certificate was not, however, unanimous among the 27. To convince the most reluctant, the European Commissioner was therefore reassuring. Starting with the protection of personal data. “The technical solution envisaged (…) will not require the creation of a centralized database at EU level”, he underlined before adding that the project would only contain ” a limited set of information ”.

The certificate will also be free, but above all “temporary”, added the Belgian politician. Whether in digital or paper version, it will no longer be valid once the World Health Organization has declared the epidemic over. A time limit that some MEPs would nevertheless like to be more concrete, in particular by setting up a fixed deadline.

Finally, member states will be free to accept all vaccines. They will therefore not be limited to only serums authorized on the European market. Namely, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or even Johnson & Johnson whose arrival was nevertheless delayed after the discovery of risks – rare but serious – of blood clot formation.


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